They met in Boston in 1943 around Christmas, sang and played guitar at his home, and kissed with a kiss he said he would never forget.
In 1944, the Englishman Leslie L. Burrows. Uprash was on H.M.S. Kubit, who served on the British Royal Navy while her girlfriend, high school teacher Barbara Russo, dreamed of becoming a pilot, stayed behind in her hometown of Boston.
One year he wrote his passionate letters promising marriage and unshakable love.
«If we were soon in love together, I would give you something to return to you, “he wrote to her in December 1944.” I am so confident that after the terrible war is over I will return to you.
Alas, he didn’t.
Later, Mr. Ukfart will tell his friends that his American girlfriend was involved with someone else during the war, according to letters received from Mrs. Russo’s family. Mr. Upcraft eventually married another woman.
But their intense, epistolary love affair is always drawn to a huge collection of similar letters. World War II Museum in New Orleans. As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, the museum celebrates thousands of love letters from soldiers and sailors to their wives and girlfriends. Mr. Uxtrach’s emails are from a large collection of staff that digitize to make them more accessible and read online around the world. (There are no letters in the museum that Mrs. Russo wrote.)
Assistant Director of the Museum’s Collection Management Tony Kisser says the flaws indicate that the unpredictability and horror of the war have made people forget about their feelings by abandoning fears of rejection or humiliation. They are also shocking reminders of how writing emails was once as widespread as sending emails and messages if they were more romantic.
“It amazed me how passionate and how often young people wrote to their girlfriends at the time,” said Mrs. Kisser. “When I taught this, I said, ‘Guys, these days. You have to raise it. ”
Through the families of World War II veterans, the museum collected letters to sweets, family members and friends. There are other artifacts in the museum, including old recipes on how to bake at the price of sugar and wedding dresses made of parachutes.
Silk was also rational at the time, Ms Kisser said. Japan’s aponia has made most of the world’s silk, and the war has stopped importing it into the United States, making the material extremely rare. He said servicemen who encountered silk parachutes would be removed from their battlefields and sent home where they often sewed clothing.
Veterans’ efforts to collect letters began about 20 years ago, and since then the museum has received thousands of pieces of letters that profess true love and punctuation of loneliness and despair.
A letter simply dated: “From a Woman by the Name of Pat on Tuesday to Lake V. Dale Brown from the Army Air Corps mentions a sense of despair.
“The radio plays, ‘If I could be with you tonight,'” he began. “Honestly, I don’t know what has happened to me. I know I want to be with you. Even after you told me last night, I want to see you. “
He would write her dozens of letters filled with such sentiments.
According to Mrs. Kisser, she was not his only pen.
Mr. The Brown family presented a collection of dozens of letters that included at least four painful correspondence from four women. They asked why he had not written, why he had not called or said he had been moved, or why he had not come to see them while he was slaughtering, Ms Kisser said.
Eventually Pat’s letters stopped.
“I’m guessing she’s wise,” said Mrs. Kisser.
The museum even has collapsing letters, most of which were women, Ms. Kisser said.
What has condemned Mr. The relationship between Ukford and Mrs. Russo is unknown.
In December 1944 he wrote another letter to her on the first anniversary of their first meeting.
“My mind is set on returning to you,” wrote Mr. “I would be very happy to love you if you were my wife. This is an anniversary proposal, Barbara. Please say yes. “
His answer is a mystery, as there are no letters in the museum that Mr. Worthford received from him.
He later wrote some of his Christmas cards, but soon stopped receiving letters, according to museum officials.
She then learned that she was involved with someone else.
Her mother wrote to Mrs. Russo in April 1945, expressing confusion that she had not told herself personally and that she should have known about the association.
Mr. The letters from Oxturk were donated to the museum more than 12 years ago by Mrs. Russo’s family. Museum officials could not find their contact information.
Mrs Kisser said that she could not help but assume that Mrs Russo still had feelings for Mr Ukfart.
“He still had to have a strong bond with him and the letters to keep them for 70 years,” he said.